*collective gasp of shock from the community at large*
I probably could have let this subject die a sorrowful death, but I wouldn’t be doing MY job (self-imposed or otherwise) if I didn’t at least comment. The fact is that I didn’t know Simon was following people, and maybe that information would have impacted my overall opinion. But probably not. 🙂
To begin with, I think this is a case where we’re going to see that each band member handles their own celebrity differently. For instance, Nick and Roger don’t even have twitter accounts – and Nick doesn’t even have a Facebook. (I for one would be fascinated to read what goes through that man’s mind at times….:D) I know many WANT him to have one, but I have to applaud the fact that Nick seems to know when to stay away. Each of them have their own personal likes and dislikes, and I think that as a whole we fans are lucky to have any of them anywhere near interacting with us!
I admit that I love the way John handles both his Facebook and his Twitter – kind of like an impromptu Q&A session, and when he’s done, he’s done. Good for him. He announces his “hello”, he says his “goodbyes”, and I’ve yet to see him impolite, which I think is amazing given some of the more colorful tweets I’ve seen. Generally speaking, Duranies and the word “boundaries” don’t seem to mix at times. Never mind the people that seem to try and demand an answer from him – I don’t know how he doesn’t respond back with some snark of his own. I’ve seen more than one “I just want him to respond to me like he would a normal friend of his.” Interesting.
My first thought with regard to tweets from anyone is that they aren’t always going to respond. Not even Amanda and I respond to ALL of them. We answer what we can. We involve ourselves in conversation when it’s something that pertains to us that we can answer, or that we want to answer. Sometimes someone will ask me something and I won’t even see it until way later. It’s kind of the way it goes. I would think that by being “normal” – he’s going to answer what interests him, engage in conversation when he feels it’s appropriate, and all of that is OK. To expect him to answer you, or me specifically is a probably assuming a bit much. Regardless, it is what it is. I guess I’m just the type to be happy to sit back, read, and if I’ve got a wisecrack or something funny to say – I post it. I might not even post it for either John or Simon to read – I just post it for our followers (many of whom also follow John and Simon) to see. Simon seems to tweet his thoughts, or random jokes as the case may be – and those who want to respond do. He doesn’t seem to do the whole Q & A thing, which assuming you’ve all read his blogs or his Ask Katy answers….he doesn’t even answer THOSE questions all of the time. It’s just his way.
I’m not sure if having Simon follow some fans but not others is really “favoritism” – some fans on Twitter are certainly intimating that to be the case, but I think that there are going to be people who are OK with it and don’t even care (count me in that group), and others that are completely annoyed and even outraged by the idea. Let’s just consider that for a second. First of all, these guys are human. They have friends, and I’m sure that they probably connect with some fans better than others – just in the same way that you and I connect with some people better than others. It’s natural. If we really want them to behave as though we’re just “normal people” (and personally, I think that ship sailed a long, long time ago…myself included. Remember, I write this blog.), then we have to accept that yes, some fans…some people…are just going to connect with others on a completely different and more personal level. It is what it is. I suppose I could be offended that Mr. LeBon doesn’t find me interesting enough to follow….but that’s a big waste of time and definitely not why I’m on Twitter or Facebook anyway. I still kind of think that the day they actually know my name and can put my name together with my face is the day that I really need to rethink this fan thing anyway. 😀
I can’t speak for everyone, but my own feelings narrow down to this: I guess I’ve waited a long time to have the opportunity to see them beyond the posters I had in my bedroom as a kid, or beyond the ideas of them I had in my head as I watched them perform on stage. I’m getting the chance to actually read what they’re saying – whether I like what they’re saying or not. I’ve had to get past the IDEA I had of who they might be in my head and accept who they really are, understanding that the pedestal I might have them on can be very wobbly at times and not at all perfect. Sometimes, I’m pleasantly surprised, and sometimes yes – it can be a bit of a rude awakening. I think the glory in all of it is that even now, I still have the ultimate choice. I can stick around and enjoy the show, or I can go away. All of us have that choice.